Business Leaders had the opportunity to have a frank and informative discussion with Mr McKee about opportunities and challenges of trading globally and gave their perspectives from a wide variety of sectors.

Dundee & Angus Chamber hosted a discussion with several key global businesses and Ivan McKee, MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation and Scottish Government’s Directorate for International Trade & Investment.

Businesses in attendance heard about the Scotland: A Trading Nation plan for growing Scotland’s exports, the Export Champions programme and the rich data of the Export Performance Monitor – an interactive analysis tool and information produced to support the development of our new export growth plan.

The discussion also focussed on the partnership support available for business to encourage their global ambitions, both in terms of trade but also inward investment. Scottish Enterprise, SDI, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Chamber network are working collaboratively to support the many stages of trading in overseas markets.

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce is leading the work of the Scottish Chamber network in Dubai and the UAE.

Alison Henderson, CEO of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce said: “This was a really valuable conversation with our members ahead of our team joining a senior delegation visiting Dubai to strengthen the links between the business communities of Dundee and Dubai.

“The team look forward to developing business to business opportunities in the region, and to returning in 2020 as the eyes of the world look to the Dubai EXPO, making many global connections and celebrating Innovation, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. We’re delighted to be working closely with the Al-Maktoum College to realise mutual benefits.

“I’d like to thank all of the attendees for a their input…supporting our members in growing their businesses is a vital piece of the Chamber jigsaw and I really enjoyed the insights from all of the amazing work going on, on our doorstep!”

The event took place in the stunning surroundings of The Jute & Co Space on the 4th Floor at Dundee One – a prestigious office building in the heart of Dundee’s Waterfront, with catering supplied by St Andrews Brewing Co, a local company with significant global ambitions.